Writers and readers can be hard to buy. I know, I am! My family has completely given up giving me books to give gift cards to bookstores. But if you want to be a bit more creative for the writer this Christmas, or if you want to give a hint that you may not need another fancy pen this year, here are some ideas of gifts for writers and readers.
(To put it briefly, these gifts for authors are things that we actually enjoy at WD, or use on our own wishlist.) Some articles use affiliate links, but we were not paid to recommend them.)
Gifts for authors: planning tools
Deadline Planner Notebook
I recently discovered this planner on a trip to a nearby bookstore. I was pleased with the texture of the paper, but then I saw that it had no specific data on the pages, and found it even more beautiful. It's perfect for authors who need a way to plan goals, but have not started on a specific day of a particular month or year. Choose your own starting point and track your progress.
Writer's Digest 2020 – Editor's Daily Calendar by Writer's Digest (edited by Penguin Random House)
With this calendar you get writing tips, inspirations and suggestions from 100 years of archiving of the WD magazine. It's perfect for a little gift and gives it all year round.
Gifts for writers: books and magazines
The Writing Deck: 52 Prompts by Emily Campbell & Harry Oulton
The cards are color-coded in increasing degrees of difficulty, but even better, they start with a general prompt on the front and then have variations and ways to move the prompt on the back even further.
Book of the Month Club subscription
I joined the Book of the Month Club at this time of last year and would like to say that I have not been disappointed. I've really wondered how they survive with their business model ($ 14.99 for a bound book per month with free shipping), but after a few months I solved the puzzle. The options are so interesting every month that I almost always put one or two additional books in my box for $ 9.99 apiece. And this year I give my cousin a subscription. My favorite tip is, "To be a better writer, be a good reader," and there's no easier way than BOTM.
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Writer's Digest Magazine Subscription
If you have not heard anything yet, 2020 WDs is 100th Anniversary and we have a year full of exciting things in the works. From extended editions to exclusive content from the archives to more comprehensive and better-than-ever events, be the first to read it all together with the writing instructions you've known and loved for decades as you subscribe to the magazine.
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One of the most exciting days of my childhood was the day I got my own library card. It was deep maroon with white writing and I was very proud to sign it in my newly learned cursive. It felt like I had the world at my fingertips. One of the best things about libraries is that they are accessible to everyone, but for some, like that Commercial Library in Cincinnati offer special programs for paid members.
Writers market 202099th Edition, edited by Robert Lee Brewer (edited by Penguin Random House)
This most trusted publication guide is fresh from the press and can help you find an agent or publisher. Read the editorial letter from Robert here.
Gifts for Writers: Writing Supplies
The glove of the writer
There's nothing worse than trying to type with cold hands (or focusing on what you're trying to write). These gloves, developed by Ben Sobieck, author of two WD books (The author's manual on weapons and The author's manual on Wattpad), solve the problem.
Most of us do not have bookshelves that look as inviting and atmospheric as the ones on this pendant. But if you dress this necklacecan you imagine. Moreover, this color palette suits so many outfits!
Writer Vs. Writer Insult Chart by Tim and Aurelia Sanders
Write this down in your writing area, if you need inspiration to write a Zinger, or if you need to shout your frustration over a rejection letter – just do not send it this as an actual answer!
Everything from OutOfPrint.com
This online store is the dream of a book lover. Although I have my favorites (hello, Bookstore Cat Coffee Mug), Give one gift card So the reader or writer in your life can choose what speaks most to them.
Gifts for writers: education and writing aids
Writer's Digest University
From Friday, November 29, through Monday, December 2, 2019, use the coupon code FRIDAY19 to save 10% on all WDU courses. We recommend Foundations of fiction and First steps in writing However, you will find much more on different topics and on different stages of progress.
Scrivener writing software
Tutorials on Writer's Digest
If you want to learn at your own pace or have a variety of writing interests, subscribing to WD Tutorials is the perfect gift. Subscribe monthly or annually and get access to ALL 391 (at the time of writing) video, From November 29 to December 2, 2019, use the coupon code FRI2019 to save 25% of your preferred membership.
Writer's Digest Shop
Gifts for writers: writing retreats and conferences
Airbnb gift cards
In the upcoming WD interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Andrew Sean Greer (watch out for our March 2020 issue!), He said he'll stay at a friend's house to write while not in town are just to change the landscape. If you're paying for a full writer's withdrawal that's outside your price range, consider using one Airbnb Gift Card – the receiver can use it near or in the distance. Grab one wherever gift cards are sold.
WD Conference Pass Gift Certificate
Writer's Digest is offering two conferences in 2020: our annual conference in New York from August 13-16, and our Novel Writing conference from October 22-25 in Pasadena, California. Just call or send an e-mail to our conference service representative and it will provide you with the most appropriate amount for each conference! (Please note that our office is closed from November 28th to December 1st, 2019 so we can celebrate Thanksgiving with our friends and families.)
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